Khalid Alkoroni, Saudi Arabia coach
First of all I’d like to congratulate Nigeria on this evening’s victory and on winning the group. We played well but Nigeria are more experienced and physically stronger. They made the most of their chances and turned them into goals. As for us, we rushed things too much in front of goal, and we got over excited rather than staying composed. Our main focus is midfield, where we have players who know how to use the ball. In two matches we’ve scored eight goals via seven different players, but we’re still going to try and solve the attacking problems we experienced today. We won’t need to motivate the lads for the next match, that’ll happen on its own accord, but first of all we need to analyse this defeat and learn lessons from it to make sure we don’t repeat the same mistakes.
John Obuh, Nigeria coach
By the end of the group phase, we’ve proven that we’ve got a good team. We’ve been able to finish in first place in the group and we’ve shown our quality today and since the start of the tournament. The physical side of the game was important today, but we also had to be the better team tactically. My players’ attitude was exemplary, they never stopped trying to attack. It’s a long process to get to this stage. The team have been working together for a long time and of course our goal is to keep progressing and be successful in the long term. But for the time being I’m not looking any further than our next match, and I know that there are some great teams standing between us and the title, such as Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.